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Hedwig and the Angry Inch
John Cameron Mitchell and Andrea Martin




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John Cameron Mitchell is the creator of the off-Broadway hit HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, which he and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask have transformed into a funny, dramatic, and curiously poignant self-described "post-punk neo-glam musical" film, with extra songs and a new instrumental score. Hedwig (played by Mitchell) was born as Hansel in East Berlin. In his twenties, Hansel agrees to undergo a sex change in order to marry a U.S. soldier (Maurice Dean Wint) and escape to America. Unfortunately, the procedure fails, and Hedwig is left with nothing but a sexless "angry inch" between her legs. After being abandoned in a Kansas trailer park by her husband, Hedwig decides to make the most of her situation: She develops a taste for outrageous wigs and costumes, forms a band, and becomes a singer. Hedwig soon meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Tommy (Michael Pitt), who also harbors rock star aspirations, and makes him her musical protégé. But Tommy is the one who ends up stealing the superstardom that Hedwig worked for, after stealing Hedwig's songs and claiming them as his own. In order to expose him as a fraud, she embarks on a tour of strip mall restaurants, telling her story to the audience while trailing Tommy on his own tour across America.

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Overview

John Cameron Mitchell is the creator of the off-Broadway hit HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, which he and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask have transformed into a funny, dramatic, and curiously poignant self-described "post-punk neo-glam musical" film, with extra songs and a new instrumental score. Hedwig (played by Mitchell) was born as Hansel in East Berlin. In his twenties, Hansel agrees to undergo a sex change in order to marry a U.S. soldier (Maurice Dean Wint) and escape to America. Unfortunately, the procedure fails, and Hedwig is left with nothing but a sexless "angry inch" between her legs. After being abandoned in a Kansas trailer park by her husband, Hedwig decides to make the most of her situation: She develops a taste for outrageous wigs and costumes, forms a band, and becomes a singer. Hedwig soon meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Tommy (Michael Pitt), who also harbors rock star aspirations, and makes him her musical protégé. But Tommy is the one who ends up stealing the superstardom that Hedwig worked for, after stealing Hedwig's songs and claiming them as his own. In order to expose him as a fraud, she embarks on a tour of strip mall restaurants, telling her story to the audience while trailing Tommy on his own tour across America.

Main Cast & Crew

John Cameron Mitchell - Director
John Cameron Mitchell
Andrea Martin
Miriam Shor
Stephen Trask

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Criterion Collection)
  • Run Time: 91
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515231312
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2001

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Reviews:
"...HEDWIG is an exhilarating reinvention of the movie musical....Mitchell plays with the medium, blending flashbacks, fantasies, even bits of clever animation into a brilliantly stylized whole..." - 08/01/2001 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.36-8


"...[A] clever, funny, wildly innovative film tricked out with surreal pop embellishments and Day-Glo colors..." - 07/20/2001 New York Times, p.E1


"...[The story] is wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant....HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH brings the rock musical to a crescendo..." - 07/20/2001 USA Today, p.4E


"...A mossy, semi-tragic fun house with a drunken camera trying not to pass out....As one tune explains, HEDWIG is about the origin of love....The heartbreak is for real..." - 07/01/2001 Film Comment, p.76-7


"...Love, fame, self-acceptance, fabulous wigs -- HEDWIG achieves everything MOULIN ROUGE aspires to with far less effort..." - 07/27/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.45


"...[Mitchell] is a live wire who knows how to spark a fun party....HEDWIG is rich in imagination and daring..." - 08/02/2001 Rolling Stone, p.69-70


"...A confident and energetic updating of the movie musical....Mitchell brings an assurance and charisma to his performance..." - 09/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.44-5


"...A terrific script, complete with lyrics that are often as smart as they are poignant..." - 09/01/2001 Total Film, p.93

 

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